[OSGeo-Discuss] Workstation that starts fresh every time

Alex Mandel tech_dev at wildintellect.com
Fri Jul 17 16:36:16 PDT 2009

Joe was asking on IRC about ways to boot with a fresh copy of a GIS
workstation every time, ie all changes made during the last use are gone.

Here are some ideas:
1.Install a live disc to a harddrive, it's read only by default so it
will reset every time you boot. See http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
Or take the harddrives out and just run from usb sticks.

2.If all the machines in the room are just remote terminals, then you
can run virtual images in something like vmware which has an option to
revert back after each boot. Could also look at vmwareplayer which only
lets you boot images to begin with.

Either way the process starts with installing 1 machine, loading the
software, configuration and files a creating a new image from this. You
might want to jump over to the mailing list all about the Live-DVD stuff


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